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Debanjan Deb was arrested last Wednesday | Twitter | @DebanjanDeb07

Fake IAS officer behind Kolkata Covid vaccine ‘scam’ under lens for fake raids, tenders too

Accused Debanjan Deb is believed to have once harboured IAS ambitions, driven by his father who retired as a deputy director of the excise department.
CM Mamata Banerjee with Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata | Photo: PTI

Centre’s Bengal move can make CMs lose faith in AIS, rely more on state services

Law is clear that Modi govt shouldn't have treated former Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay as a central services officer to be transferred at will.
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Centre vs states, rules vs convention — who really controls IAS officers

The tug-of-war over former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has triggered a debate over the separation of powers between central and state govts.
Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi took charge last month | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

7,000 cases/day to 2,600 — how this IAS officer turned it around for Chennai in a fortnight

From starting at-home vaccination for people with disabilities, to a taxi ambulance service, Gagandeep Singh Bedi has stood true to his image as ‘Mascot of Disaster Management’.
CM Mamata Banerjee with Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata | Photo: PTI

PM has no individual powers under NDMA. Notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay questionable

No part of the functions of the NDMA includes the giving of directions, leave alone requiring individuals to attend meetings at the cost of incarceration.

In Modi-Mamata tussle, it’s the IAS that is losing out. Supreme Court must step in

Once known as the ‘steel frame’, the All India Services has been forced to adopt the motto of ‘Bend it like Beckham’.
Former West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay | ANI

Alapan Bandyopadhyay — Not just an IAS officer, but a trouble-shooter Mamata can’t do without

On Monday, Bandyopadhyay, the officer at the heart of the Modi-Mamata tussle, resigned from service and was appointed an advisor to the CM for 3 years.
CM Mamata Banerjee with Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata | Photo: PTI

Not IAS rules but Modi govt issues show cause notice to Bengal chief secy under disaster law

While Centre can't unilaterally initiate disciplinary proceedings against an IAS officer posted with a state govt, it has instead used NDMA under which anyone can be tried for non-compliance of orders.
File photo of Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay | Photo: ANI

Disciplinary proceedings likely against WB chief secy as Mamata refuses to send him to Delhi

According to experts, matter could end up in CAT, which aggrieved officer Alapan Bandyopadhyay can move, or another court if Centre initiates disciplinary proceedings.
File photo of Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay | Photo: ANI

Bengal chief secretary ‘won’t report in Delhi’ tomorrow, likely to stay with Mamata govt

Bandyopadhyay, who was scheduled to retire 31 May, was given a three-month extension until 30 August this month. He was suddenly deputed to Delhi in an unprecedented move Friday. 

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A badly damaged vehicle outside a supermarket following rioting in the Soweto district of Johannesburg, on 15 July 2021 | Photo: Waldo Swiegers | Bloomberg

South Africa unrest is worst since apartheid, confronts the failing state with hard choices

South Africa can’t succeed unless Ramaphosa & his successors revive the economy. He’ll need to convince South Africans burnt by years of corruption that days of 'state capture' are over.
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Beauty & fashion startup Nykaa plans to seek $4 billion valuation in IPO

The company, founded by Falguni Nayar, plans to sell just more than 10% of the equity, which could raise $400 million or more.


Senior US commander meets Army Chief Naravane, holds talks on issues of ‘mutual interest’

General MM Naravane and Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke, who is on a 3-day India visit, also briefly discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.